Performing Illness: November 15 – December 3


Performing Illness

A group exhibition featuring works by Jodie Goodnough, Suzi Grossman and Rosie Ranauro

Howard Art Project
1486 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA
November 21st – December 3rd, 2014
Reception Friday November 21st, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Gallery hours: November 29th, 1:00-5:00pm or by appointment. Please contact for more information.

In Michel Foucault’s The Birth of the Clinic, he uses the phrase medical regard, or medical gaze, to describe the dehumanizing separation of mind and body created by the power imbalances of the medical industry. First published in 1963, the concepts Foucault deals with in this work still reverberate today in modern medicine. To be a patient with chronic illness is to be a body scrutinized and tested, and a mind often doubted by those trusted to help. So how does a patient create their own narrative to combat the medicalization of their everyday life? In Performing Illness, three contemporary artists dealing with chronic medical conditions use data, repetition and ritual to redirect the gaze of the viewer and make meaning of their lived experiences.

Exhibited Artists

Jodie Mim Goodnough uses photography, video, performance and sculpture to examine the various coping strategies we employ to find comfort in an often uncomfortable world, from religious rituals to pharmaceuticals and everything in between. Jodie attended the photojournalism program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in May 2013.

Suzi Grossman is a visual artist whose recent works use repetition and ritual, combining photography and painting, to create a visual record of an unseen physical experience, that of chronic pain. Suzi received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and her BA in English Literature from Tufts University in 2012.

Rosie Ranauro uses simple line drawings to tell a story of a body living with chronic pain. The figures shift, contort and multiply, creating diagrammatic images that hint at both the physical and psychological implications of chronic illness. Rosie received her BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2012.

image: Rosie Ranauro, Untitled, Ink on paper, 2014



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